This week, rapper Kanye West told a local radio show that President Obama was having trouble succeeding because he didn’t have “connections” like those of “Jewish people.” West, who has been criticized by President Obama in the past for his celebrity marriage to Kim Kardashian (Obama also called Kanye a “jackass” after Kanye confronted Taylor Swift during the MTV Video Music Awards in 2009), defended Obama’s incompetence in anti-Semitic fashion:
Man, let me tell you something about George Bush and oil money and Obama and no money. People want to say Obama can’t make these moves or he’s not executing. That’s because he ain’t got those connections. Black people don’t have the same level of connections as Jewish people. Black people don’t have the same connection as oil people.
There is no question that President Obama has high-level connections regardless of race – and there is also no question that Obama has high-level connections within the black community. For West to suggest that Jews have some sort of connection advantage is purely insane.
Ben Shapiro is Editor-At-Large of Breitbart News and author of the New York Times bestseller “Bullies: How the Left’s Culture of Fear and Intimidation Silences America” (Threshold Editions, January 8, 2013). He is also Editor-in-Chief of TruthRevolt.org. Follow Ben Shapiro on Twitter @benshapiro.